The United Nations slapped sanctions on North Korea aimed at stifling their exports. These sanctions, supported by the US, were approved after Kim Jong Un provocatively continued to test intercontinental ballistic missiles (this time reportedly able to reach the US mainland).
We have had years of negotiations, sanctions, and back and forth threats with N. Korea. Threats are not working. Sanctions are not working. And negotiations do not seem like the North Korean dictator’s style. Trump’s threat today is not helping, and instead it draws comparisons between him and Kim Jong Un. It is time to abandon our past strategies.
We need to address the elephant in the room (China), act ourselves, or quit complaining.
- The US should issue sanctions against China for not using their influence over North Korea to prevent their destabilizing actions.
- Or the US should take overwhelming military action to remove Kim Jong Un and retrieve their nuclear warheads.
- Or the US should recognize North Korea as a nuclear power, remove our troops from the region, accept their demands, and quit complaining (this is a bad idea).
This angry little country has made the US look foolish for more than a decade because our strategies have failed. Trump wrote the book on negotiations and said he would make the “best deals”. He has the chance to deliver on a promise and break away from the failed efforts of his predecessors by doing something new. It is time for that new strategy. There is a solution to this problem somewhere.
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